Has Your Bleach Gone Bad? Cleaner Expiration Dates

Has Your Bleach Gone Bad? Cleaner Expiration Dates

Jennifer Hunter
Nov 6, 2014
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If your home is looking a little dirty these days, then maybe it's not you — maybe it's your cleaning products. In you-didn't-know-it-was-possible news, your cleaning products can lose potency. So how long does each thing last? Read on.

The Huffington Post did you a favor and tabulated many common cleaners and their expirations. Here are a few of the biggies:

  • Bleach — 6 months
  • Liquid laundry detergent —6 months
  • Powdered laundry detergent — 1 year
  • Fabric softener —1 year
  • Vinegar — Never!
  • Baking soda — Never! (for cleaning,that is - don't try to bake a cake with old baking soda)

Overall, liquids expire quicker than powders but, they note, after the allotted time, the formulas won't morph into something dangerous — they simply won't work as well.

We can't help but notice the further proof of the power of our fav cleaning combo: vinegar and baking soda, natural cleaners that never expire.

See them all at the Huffington Post.

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